Champions League

Real Madrid are a different team in the Champions League

Anyone who has witnessed Real Madrid’s staggering inconsistency throughout this campaign would surely consider it mad to back Zinedine Zidane’s side versus Paris Saint-Germain, however the way they manage to turn it on in the Champions League means they cannot be discounted.
Such an upturn in performance level has not only been witnessed under the French coach but also for a long period of Los Blancos history, during which they have accrued 12 European Cups.
When domestic football is put to one side, the statistics show that Real grow into a greater beast, with fouls received the only area where their numbers are more favourable in LaLiga: averaging 13.5 per game to 10 in Europe.
Across the entire Champions League this season, no team has a better passing accuracy than Madrid with only Bayern Munich achieving a better shot accuracy.
Likewise, Los Blancos are second-best to Liverpool in the number of shots fired off with the Reds and Wednesday’s opponents Paris Saint-Germain the two highest scoring teams before Real.
Beating Les Parisiens in the last-16 will also demand a good control of the game and Zidane’s men can boast more passes than PSG for the tournament so far, an area where only Barcelona and Manchester City are ahead of the holders.

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